Helen Black

Queensland
Social entrepreneur

More than 42,000 people are incarcerated in Australian prisons. Those with a criminal record are often significantly disadvantaged before and after a conviction, due to a lack of education, skills and work experience. Helen wants to change this. Through her pioneering social enterprise, Work ReStart, she aims to significantly lower the reoffending rate and reduce the cost to society. Operating within a Queensland prison, Work ReStart helps inmates to acquire valuable construction, manufacturing, horticulture, digital design, coding and entrepreneurial skills that will help them earn an income and make a positive contribution on release. This grant will enable Helen to evaluate and improve the model so she can scale it up and unlock more human potential.

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Helen Black